October 20, 2013
Winner of Asimov Prize. Flowers for Algenon meets 2001
I believe Chiang wrote ths after reading Sartres "Nausea". Told from the first person perspective, this Sci-fi story is about the effect of "hormone K" in regenerating the intelligence of the previously brain damaged subject to hyper-awareness levels.
Of course Governments want to use him for their own purposes, and his evasion and the cat and mouse games that ensue provide the dramatic content.
It's also about the next step in human evolution, and the dramatic end is the consequence of two competing visions of the human existence. Great existential drama, enjoyably told.